How to connect Nintendo switch to Laptop

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(Last Updated On: February 3, 2020)

Nintendo Switch is a neat little game machine that has a lot of awesome games. It doesn’t matter whether you like Super Mario Maker 2, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Odyssey or super smash Bros or something else. Sometimes you are at home and not on the move and wondering how to connect your switch to a laptop? or How to display Nintendo switch on laptop? .Then you are in the right place, keep reading.

One of the readers sends us this question in an email(How to connect Nintendo switch to Laptop). So let’s have a look at the solutions.

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Can I connect Nintendo switch to Laptop?

You can not directly connect the Nintendo to the Laptop. This is becase the laptops come with HDMI-out port, not HDMI-in. That means it is there to send the signals out of the laptop and display it in an external Display like a Monitor or a TV.

So let’s see if there is a way to actually connect your switch to a laptop?

 Yes, there is.  . The solution is to get a capture card and then connect the capture card to your Nintendo. Then use the capture card output to your laptop . Confused? let me explain.

How to connect Nintendo switch to Laptop?

Things you need to connect your Nintendo Switch to Laptop (PC)-

1) Nintendo dock:

You can use the official Nintendo dock that comes with the switch .

Nintendo on Dock (src-Engadget)

2) Video Capture card:

You need a video capture card (click here to check price on Amazon). We recomment Elgato Game capture card as it is the best in the industry (nintendo switch capture card ). You can use this capture card ti for you Nintendo switch or Xbox or pretty much any gaming device that allows a HDMI out.

Make sure you get a good quality card and this card needs to have an HDMI in and HDMI out ports.

3) HDMI cable:

Any good HDMI cable will do.

4) A laptop

5) A software like ‘OBS Studio’ or Stream Deck (Elgato)

To capture the video and show it in the laptop or even live stream the video play to services like twitch. OBS Studio is free software available in all major Operating systems like Windows, Linux or Mac. If you are using Elgato , there is an official software , which gives the best quality gaming results .

After this is connected like this open OBS studio select the Video card as source and you will be able to view your Nintendo screen there. You can either capture the video to a file or do a live stream.

How to connect Nintendo Switch to Monitor / TV?

You can directly connect your switch to monitor using the HDMI cable if all that you need to do is to do the gameplay the game in a big screen and do not wish to record it or stream it online.

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Similar Questions (FAQ)

How do I connect my Nintendo switch to my laptop/Computer using HDMI?

Connect the switch to a Video card HDMI-in and Video card to your laptop and use a video capturing software like OBS Studio. More details check the article.

Can I use my laptop as an HDMI input(as a Monitor)?

Yes, you can, but not directly. You need a video capture card in between your device and laptop and then use a software to display gameplay on the laptop.

Can I connect Nintendo switch to a laptop?

Yes, you can use a docking station and a video capture card to do this.

Can you hook up an Xbox 360 to a laptop?

Connect Xbox 360 to a Video card HDMI-in and Video card to your laptop and use a video capturing software like OBS Studio or Elgato software(if you are using their card). More details check the article.

Does Nintendo switch come with a dock?

Yes, It does come with a Dock.

Can I use my laptop as a monitor for my switch??

Yes, you can do this using a video capture card for Nintendo switch.

How to record switch gameplay on pc(Laptop)?

Connect the video capture card between your laptop and Nintendo Switch as explained and use OBS studio/Elgato software to record the video.


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